The Census Bureau recently released its 2012 Census of Governments. Apparently there are 89,004 local governments in the United States. As he’s done before, the inestimable Chris Briem put together a word cloud of what those look like, sized by number of employees. Here’s the preview, but you can click through for a large PDF (51 MB) with the full zoom capabilities that just might test your system processing power.
Here’s a Census Bureau thematic map of the number of number of governments by state and county:
As always, Illinois takes the #1 position for the most total governments. Whet Moser has the gory details over at Chicago Magazine in The Land of 7,000 Governments.